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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Birding 1 year anniversary; VI-RE-O, TALLY-HO!! / NU at UCLA

Yup, it all happened on Feb. 7th last year, at Frank G. Bonelli Park!  Pasadena Audubon Field Trip. Can you believe I lucked out huge on that first outing, seeing Cactus Wren, Bald Eagle and Great Horned Owl? Lol.

Once again, I like to thank those who pushed for the Div. I rule change, that butchered doubles; without their 'treachery', I wouldn't have discovered this lifelong hobby! :) 
Now there's a silver lining in that catastrophe I guess lol.

Now, chant after me; VI-RE-O, TAL-LY-HO!!! (also makes perfect sense because my tally just got bigger lol. Added ONE more to my lifelist! Boy I'm a genius!)

AAaaaaahhhhhh.... it was THERE!!! At the PARKING LOT of Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve!!! Leader Kris Ohlenkamp(who doesn't want to hear his sexy British accent lol. And his scope is fabulous;

Pentax PF-65ED-A II Spotting Scope w/Field Case

 
 ) said it's spotted there at the Reserve like once per 4 or 5 years!!!!!  Hurrahed in triumph lol.  Mucho thanks to the guys who spotted it!  Will post pics later.


PLUMBEOUS VIREO!!
 
GLORIOUS weather. Too warm lol. El Nino or what. And we spotted so many birds!  I especially was in my element! Spotting Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Least Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper first!

Moreover, my wicked wish came true; Chris Dean was there, and I know she spent 5 hrs yesterday at San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Pond to spot that KELP GULL...!  Naturally you know what I did; mercilessly teased her....haha. Reminded it at every opportunity!  Sorry Chris :)

Very fruitful birding was concluded after 3 hrs and a half by seeing that Great Horned Owl sleeping in a pine tree! Near a restroom. By then it was already 11:30, so hurridly bid goodbye to all and barely managed to reach UCLA in time lol.

66 species seen, yoo-hoo! :)  AND just added one more to my lifebird species; now 315! At this stage, adding just one species requires herculean effort or massive luck lol.

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Los Angeles County, California, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
35
Duration:
4 hour(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Kris Ohlenkamp
Comments:
Monthly SFVAS walk.
Species
66 species (+1 other taxa) total
20
Canada Goose
1
Wood Duck
3
Gadwall
100
American Wigeon
20
Mallard
5
Mallard (Domestic type)
1
Green-winged Teal
3
Ring-necked Duck
3
Hooded Merganser
10
Pied-billed Grebe
25
Double-crested Cormorant
25
American White Pelican
2
Great Blue Heron
2
Great Egret
3
Snowy Egret
4
Green Heron
3
Black-crowned Night-Heron
10
Turkey Vulture
1
Osprey
1
Northern Harrier
1
Cooper's Hawk
2
Red-tailed Hawk
10
American Coot
2
Black-necked Stilt
1
Spotted Sandpiper
15
Least Sandpiper
2
Western Gull
5
California Gull
20
Mourning Dove
1
Great Horned Owl
4
Anna's Hummingbird
8
Allen's Hummingbird
1
Belted Kingfisher
1
Nuttall's Woodpecker
2
Downy Woodpecker
3
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
1
American Kestrel
4
Black Phoebe
1
Say's Phoebe
2
Cassin's Kingbird
1
Plumbeous Vireo

Near the rest rooms by the parking lot at the end of Wildlife Way. Good views by all with photos by others.
20
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2
Tree Swallow
4
Bushtit
2
Bewick's Wren
6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6
Western Bluebird
1
Hermit Thrush
3
California Thrasher
1
Northern Mockingbird
10
European Starling
3
Common Yellowthroat
20
Yellow-rumped Warbler
4
Chipping Sparrow
6
Lark Sparrow
1
Dark-eyed Junco
25
White-crowned Sparrow
3
Savannah Sparrow
3
Song Sparrow
8
California Towhee
3
Spotted Towhee
6
Red-winged Blackbird
3
Western Meadowlark
1
Great-tailed Grackle
25
House Finch
15
Lesser Goldfinch
5
American Goldfinch

The match has already started; like one or two games already finished. When times like this, you really wish for the glorious past; warm ups, 8 game doubles...will it ever revert to it? Or is it just downhill from here; resulting in an utter marginalization and even destruction of doubles. Sad.

Anyhow I was half-comatose from all the excitement and long trekking while birding; as I said, post coitus lol.

Will copy the scores when they post it on their website;

From UCLA

#21 UCLA 6, #26 Northwestern 1
Feb 07, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. Barnett/Larner (NU) 6-4
2. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) def. Lipp/Or (NU) 6-3
3. Chatt/Rischbieth (NU) def. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) 6-4
Singles competition
1. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #61 Maddie Lipp (NU) 6-4 (7-4), 7-6
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. Alicia Barnett (NU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Erin Larner (NU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. Alex Chatt (NU) 6-3 (7-2), 7-6
5. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. Jillian Rooney (NU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Brooke Rischbieth (NU) def. Kelly Shaffer (UCLA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Match Notes
Northwestern 1-2; National ranking #26
UCLA 2-1; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,3,1,4,6)

DOUBLES

Bruins #1, too powerful.

#2, the decider. Or's condition didn't seem too good, and they sometimes allowed the balls to pass between them; not good communication? Anyhow that's still a huge win for the Bruins; because this was their first match. Shaffer's thigh was heavily bandaged.

NU #3 dbls resisted, I see. They actually won it; they continued to the finish after the outcome was decided, good to see.

SINGLES
1.
Of course Cat was the more powerful hitter. But Mad actually managed to return those well, pretty impressive. So could prolong the rallies, and Cat not infrequently made errors. Still in the end Cat's power was too much, and her drop shots were effective as well.  Top 3 Wildcats all had certain temper haha. Hitting the ball in anger to the wall and such :p
Cat as usual applauded Mad's fine plays.

2.
Umm, don't think Alicia played that bad; but Kyle is just one of the players who has a happy balance between defense and offense; how she won Pac 12 and clinched the NCAA win(admittedly didn't really watch the NCAA final).  She can actually produce impressive pace off her drives. Just very good fundamental, etc. 

I really should ask her how the Midwest rules lol. Maybe they don't have nothing else to do in that cold climate, and hence just hit mindlessly as a hobby...haha.  I think Kyle's hair is back to her natural color...lol.

3.
Erin played well! Like Mad, could properly return Alaina's blazing drives lots of times. All Wildcats seemed like solid servers. Their bhs were pretty good too, imo. So could have a tight match. That's of course a good win by Alaina.

4.
Alex was aggressive; just that her execution was a bit suspect; netted tons. Nice manners, good sincere handshake with Kristin, and with the umpire :)

5.
Nice to see Jill play again. Did she also dye her hair black or something lol.  Does seem to have good touch, dtl slices and such. But dunno, lack of match practice? Seemed a bit slow, reacted a bit late to Terri's drives. And as usual, Terri's nice touch could trouble Jill at times.

6.
Brooke seems to have good variety, but Kelly's groundies definitely could trouble her. This was the last match, went to 3rd; left early because I didn't wanted to get trapped in that godawful traffic again. Took about 45 min. to come back, not bad.

Wait a minute, was that Nida Hamilton???!!! Wouldn't have guessed lol. Laura Gordon was obvious, but.. :)










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